Recent books of interest

Illuminating Faith

I just did one of these lists a few months ago (here), but there are enough recent books to warrant another post. Seriously, theologians need to stop being so productive.

This list includes both recent and upcoming releases.


Reformed Catholicity, Michael Allen (RTS-Orlando) and R. Scott Swain (RTS-Orlando).

“Intellectually alert and edifying Christian theology will be attentive to divine instruction in Holy Scripture and to its reception, transmission, and explanation in the writings of the apostolic church in time. This fine book explains why, with clarity, grace, and dedication.” (John Webster, St. Andrews University)

“Allen and Swain here blaze an old trail in helpful new ways, correcting misinterpretations of what it means to be Reformed and in the process indicating a vital way forward for biblical interpretation and theology. I particularly appreciate the way they appeal to properly Protestant principles, like sola Scriptura, even as they urge us to thoughtfully retrieve and appropriate catholic tradition.” (Kevin Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

Dominus Mortis: Martin Luther on the Incorruptibility of God in Christ, David J. Luy (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

“This is an extremely important book. It directly challenges two related assumptions that inform much of contemporary theology, namely, that traditional Christology is inadequate because of its emphasis on divine impassibility, and that Martin Luther provides the necessary way forward by formulating a new Christology in which God truly suffers, thus allowing for a more satisfying account of God’s involvement in human history. David Luy presents a strong case for rejecting the theory of Luther’s divergence from traditional Christology and also argues that the reformer, rightly understood, supplies a more compelling account of divine immanence than those who emphasize his alleged novelty have appreciated. Dominus Mortis is a demanding, bold, and stimulating piece of scholarship whose argument has profound implications for the future course of both historical and constructive theology. An exceptional achievement!” (Ronald K. Rittgers, Valparaiso University)

Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters, Wesley J. Hill (Trinity School for Ministry)

“This is theological exegesis at its very best, a brilliant demonstration of ‘the interdependence of biblical exegesis and dogmatic theology.'” (Khaled Anatolios, Boston College)

“Advocates with clarity and power for a dense trinitarian reading of Paul. Hill reveals Paul’s own subtle use of trinitarian categories, and he shows us how to draw on the trinitarian faith of the church to draw out the beauty and depth of Paul’s vision.” (Lewis Ayres, Durham University)

Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II, Donald W. Norwood (United Reformed Church, England)

“The fruit of a lifetime of ecumenical engagement, Norwood’s careful and admirably comprehensive study captures the enthusiasm for ecumenical study at the deepest theological level that Barth poured into his engagement with the Council in meetings, seminars, and addresses.” (George M. Newlands, University of Glasgow)

Illuminating Faith: An Invitation to Theology, Francesca Aran Murphy (University of Notre Dame), Kenneth Oakes (Notre Dame, postdoc researcher), Balázs Mezei (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest)

The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology, Anthony C. Thiselton (University of Nottingham)

Theology’s Epistemological Dilemma: How Karl Barth and Alvin Plantinga Provide a Unified Response, Kevin Diller (Taylor University)

The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate, John H. Walton (Wheaton College)

The Works of William Perkins, ed. J. Stephen Yuille. The first volume of a projected ten volume set.

The Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin. This is a new translation of the 1541 French edition of the Institutes. Elsie Anne McKee did the first English translation of the 1541 French edition, published by Eerdmans in 2009.

Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Rethinking the Things That Matter Most, Jerry L. Walls (Houston Baptist University)

Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul, Simon Gathercole (Cambridge University)

Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God, Paul Copan (Palm Beach Atlantic University) and Matt Flannagan (Takanini Community Church in Auckland)

Evangelical, Catholic, and Reformed: Essays on Barth and Other Themes, George Hunsinger (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology, eds. Christian T. Collins Winn (Bethel University) and John L. Drury (Indiana Wesleyan University)

Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper, Geerhardus Vos. The second volume, Anthropology, is also available. This is the first translation of the Dutch original, originally produced for Logos Software and now being released in hardback.

Interpreting the Prophets: Reading, Understanding and Preaching from the Worlds of the Prophets, Aaron Chalmers (Tabor College, Adelaide)

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, S. C. Gwynne

And for music, Ryan Bingham’s Fear and Saturday Night was released two weeks ago. The reviews have been very positive. Bingham is an exceptional songwriter.




    • I am planning to read it, but it will probably not be until the summer. I am in the middle of an internship, and my reading time is limited for the next couple of months.

  1. Dr.A.Chalmers was my N.T Greek and O.T lecturer while doing my B.Min.Th. at Tabor Adelaide. An exceptional and meticulous teacher. Yet to read his book. Glad to see it listed.

    • That’s good to hear. I’ll try to make sure that our seminary library gets a copy (I work at the library, so I occasionally recommend books to be added to the collection).

  2. Donald Norwood gave me a heads-up at Christmas about his forthcoming book on Barth and Rome, which he’d been working on meticulously for years. Like me, Don is a minster in the United Reformed Church (UK — not just England!). As a first-year Mansfield ordinand, I was attached to his church in Summertown, Oxford, and our common love of KB was the catalyst for a friendship now in its 34th year. Don is a great guy, a fine example of the Reformed scholar-minister, and I’m sure the book is terrific.

    • I’m excited to read this book, especially given my dual interest in Barth and 20th c. Catholic theology. Glad to hear these accolades about him and his work.

      I wanted to specify “England,” so that nobody would confuse the URC with the URCNA over here — not that I would expect any URCNA guys to write a favorable treatise on Barth!

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